“There are much easier ways of killing Jews. As the Foreign Office said in 1943, the gas chambers story seems absurd. What was wrong with the good old-fashioned bullet?”
Hearing these words clinically disgorged over lunch, I felt nauseous. My Sunday Times interviewee was David Irving, the odious Holocaust denier. He then launched a diatribe, worthy of Der Sturmer, against Anthony Julius, the Mischon de Reya lawyer who had helped to defeat his 2000 libel action against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books. Shortly after our lunch, Irving spent 11 months in an Austrian jail for publicly denying the Holocaust.